My EPL Predictions by Dan Smith
If you believe some people, Mikel Arteta’s job will be seriously in danger if Arsenal don’t win this weekend.
Elsewhere a certain Cristiano Ronaldo makes his second Man United debut…
Palace 0-1 Spurs
Spurs fans keep reminding us that for the first time ever they are top of the league at the same time Arsenal are bottom.
The fact that took 139 years to happen, it actually looks bad on them.
Banter aside, Spurs have developed the ideal habit of winning without playing well.
More of the same here.
Arsenal 3-0 Norwich
No need for our manager to over-complicate things, just get your team to go back to basics.
I’m interested in which senior players step up. Who demands the ball and takes responsibility?
Aubameyang said all the right things after the Man City drubbing, but this is where he needs to lead by example.
Like most teams who visit the Emirates, the Canaries will try and use the nervous atmosphere against us. Anyone who comes to our ground will know it won’t take a lot for there to be trepidation from the stands.
The fact is though Norwich is a poor team who don’t have it in their DNA yet to be hard to break down.
Brentford 1-1 Brighton
We know more than most how intimidating Brentford’s stadium can be.
I think they will get early points on the scoreboard.
Long-term though do either side have a goal scorer who will reach double digits?
Leicester 2-2 Man City
Leicester have had success against City over the years with their counter attacking football.
Not the game Pep Guardiola would want with his squad travelling back from various parts of the world from international duty.
The Champions failure to sign a striker gives the rest a chance in the title race. There will be games where their tiki taka doesn’t work and they will miss not having a plan B.
Man United 4- 0 Newcastle
I expect one of the best atmospheres at Old Trafford than we have seen in years for the return of Ronaldo.
He couldn’t have picked a better team to play against then Newcastle with the Toon likely to do little more than park the bus.
It seems too romantic that he will score, but like he showed on international duty, he lives for these occasions.
His mere presence will improve everyone around him.
The Glazers couldn’t do more this window to make United title contenders.
No excuses for Ole. United at least have to challenge.
Watford 0- 1 Wolves
Wolves have lost all 3 League games so far but understandably their manager is not worried due to their level of performance.
Each fixture they have lost 1-0 despite making the majority of chances.
They can’t keep playing like that and failing to take their chances. They are due some luck.
Saints 2-2 West Ham
Be interesting to see how West Ham cope with the schedule of being in Europe.
Most Hammers are worried their squad is too small to cope with fixtures such as a trip to the South Coast, 4 days before a flight to the Ukraine.
Surely, they need to embrace the Europa League, and if that impacts on their domestic form then it’s worth it?
Chelsea 2-0 Villa
Arsenal went down to 10 men at the Etihad and surrendered
Compare that to Chelsea’s second half display later in the day at Anfield when they had a man sent off.
Defensively they have belief and Lukaku is the signing that makes them City’s biggest contenders.
No Martinez or Buendia ends Villa’s hopes of an upset.
Leeds 1-3 Liverpool
This will be another fixture where Leeds will be entertaining, but Bielsa will get questioned for not fixing them defensively.
If they play ‘you play, we play,’ Liverpool’s front three will eventually have too much quality.
Everton 3-1 Burnley
Monday night, floodlights on, expectant Evertonians who will want to see their team take the initiative against Burnley.
Long-term, I thought Benitez wasn’t the man to manger those expectations. So far though so good.
He’s playing a more positive brand of football then I imagined, and so far Grey looks like a bargain.
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Uzil Ozil 19
Third Man JW 18
Sue P 18
Indian Gunner London 16
Dan Kit 13
Quincy Okebe 7
Kondwani Tyson 4
Leno Happy 4
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